Book events and opportunities for writers calendar

Our calendar is full of book events and opportunities for writers organised by bookish groups throughout Aotearoa. Whether it’s a festival, book launch, award, grant, poetry reading or live storytelling event, never miss a book event or writers' opportunity in your community again!

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November

Creative Cities Southern Hui

Ōtepoti He Puna Auaha, UNESCO City of Literature warmly invites you to the Creative Cities Southern Hui – an invigorating assemblage of local and global creative minds.

https://www.cityofliterature.co.nz/creative-cities-southern-hui/

Carry on Writing Memoir

Carry on Writing Memoir is an intensive two day workshop with writer and teacher Lynn Jenner.

Launch - A Colonial Naturalist by Pamela Hyde

Join Unity Books for the launch of 'A Colonial Naturalist: Henry Suter’s Life of Discovery & Hardship in New Zealand' by Pamela Hyde.

Launch - Floating Islanders: Pasifika Theatre in Aotearoa

Join Unity Books & Otago University Press for the launch of 'Floating Islanders: Pasifika Theatre in Aotearoa' by Lisa Warrington & David O’Donnell.

Banned Poetry Uncensored

Kevin Moran, author of Alchemical Psalms and banned poet from letters to the editor columns, celebrates banned poetry uncensored.

From children's poetry like Shel Silverstein's 'A Light In The Attic' to the works of Shakespeare, for as long as there have been writers, there have been texts that have been challenged, censored, burned, and banned.

Everyone is welcome to attend or participate.

Lunchtime Event - The Journal of Urgent Writing Vol.2 (2017)

Editor Simon Wilson in discussion with Wellington based contributors Jessica Berentson-Shaw, Jo Randerson, Sarah Laing & Mamari Stephens.

Chris Sanders public performance and talk

Browns Bay based author-songwriter Chris Sanders will be performing and talking about the inspiration behind his breakaway Children's hit "Angel Star".

After the Cyclone

The launch of New Zealand Poetry Society’s 2017 competition anthology.

Shaky Places

A song cycle merged with poems of Aotearoa.

NZ Book Festival

The NZ Book Festival is an annual event for independently published New Zealand authors who come together and share their books with readers.

NZ Poetry Conference & Festival - Auckland 2017

Auckland is the host for the NZ Poetry Conference & Festival 2017. Based at the city's freshest community hub the Ellen Melville Centre's Pioneer Women's Hall, the three-day conference is packed with six features, five themed reading sessions, four korero panels, six workshops and enough whanau reading opportunities for all. Witness more than fifty leading poets from Tamaki Makaurau and across Aotearoa read their new works and discuss what poetry means to them, what spurs them to write and how they broadcast their work in the digital age.

NZ Poetry Conference & Festival - Auckland 2017

Join scores of award-winning poets from Tamaki Makaurau and from across Aotearoa from Dunedin to the Coromandel, Napier to Whangarei who are reading their work or speaking in korero sessions at the NZ Poetry Conference in Auckland 10 – 12 November., at the Ellen Melville Centre. This conference follows on from the successful 2015 Wellington Poetry Conference, and the inaugural Havelock North korerorero in 2013.

LitCrawl 2017

The renowned crawl will be held on Saturday 11 November and will have more events than ever before!

Lunchtime Event - Catherine Chidgey discusses her new book with Tracey Slaughter

Catherine Chidgey will be discussing her brand new found novel
'The Beat of the Pendulum', with short fiction writer Tracey Slaughter.

Book Launch: Night Watchers by Grant Sheehan

Phantom House Books & Unity Books are please to invite you to the launch of Grant Sheehan's latest photographic book.

Book Launch: Dark Forest Deep Sea by Richard Hall

Join Mākaro Press & Unity Books for the launch of 'Dark Forest Deep Sea: Reflections of a Hunter' by Richard Hall.

Michael King Writers' Centre Annual Writers Weekend

The Business of Writing—Making a Living Through Words

Nation Dates 3rd Ed. by Wendy McGuinness

Nation Dates is a book founded on our belief that, to understand where we are heading, we need to know where we have been.

NZ Book Council Lecture: Owen Marshall

How does the short story measure up to the novel in New Zealand literary circles?

Why go to war? Was it good policy for New Zealand to go to war in 1914, 1939 and 1941?

Public lecture and launch by Stevan Eldred-Grigg, author of Phoney Wars: New Zealand Society in the Second World War

October

HOW NOT TO STOP A KIDNAP PLOT Book Launch

Launch of Suzanne Main's sequel to her award-winning children's novel, How I Alienated My Grandma.

NZ Bookshop Day at Unity Books Wellington

Here’s to you, you good localists! Call in on Saturday 28th October and go in the draw to win a local book of your choice.
Visit at 11am to see Tom Scott as well!

The Whimsy Primsy Collection Book Launch

Jen Gibbs will be launching her collection of three Whimsy Primsy books.

NZ Bookshop Day Xmas shopping trip

Readers taking a train trip together to Upper Hutt to buy truly uniquel Christmas presents in a special little book shop that stocks only Kiwi authors.

Seraph Press book launch

The launch of two exciting new chapbooks with a French connection.

Golden Bay Live Poets presents Elizabeth Smither

Golden Bay Live Poets presents first woman Te Mata Poet Laureate Elizabeth Smither, winner of the New Zealand Book Award for Poetry, the Montana New Zealand Book Award for Poetry, the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement and the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize, New Zealand’s most valuable poetry award.

Tauranga Arts Festival

A world-class programme direct from leading artists and performers at the peak of their practice.

Remembering Dave Gallaher: All Black & Soldier

Award winning Auckland author Matt Elliott will be talking about Dave Gallaher the original All Black Captain and one of our War Blacks.

Ramble On

Ramble On: a celebration of walking, health and the outdoors. Book launch with artist Z. R. Southcombe and special guests.

Book launch: My wide white bed by Trish Harris

Come celebrate the launch of this beautiful collection of poetry by Trish Harris, where hope and humour are never far away.

Kokomai Creative Festival

Every second year, the Kokomai Creative Festival brings dozens of world-class events to the Wairarapa - from music, film and visual arts to theatre and comedy.

Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers Programme

Nelson Arts Festival 2017: Page & Blackmore Readers and Writers Programme

Write Like an Author - Wellington

Does your child love to write stories? Do they dream of being an author? Now they can learn how under the guidance of international award winning author Brian Falkner.

Explorer, Extraordinary: Journaling to Support Creative Process

Explorer, extraordinary is a workshop taught by Palmerston North writer and teacher, Helen Lehndorf on how journalling can support your creative process. Limited spaces. Find out more: http://kahini.org/explorer/

Stories from e-Tangata at the National Library, Wellington

The online Sunday magazine e-Tangata tells Māori and Pasifika stories about people and issues of significance to all New Zealanders.

Writers on Mondays: Short Sharp Script 2 - Circa Theatre

Part of a series of events highlighting the very latest work of writers from the International Institute of Modern Letters, home of Victoria University’s prestigious Creative Writing programme.

Write Like an Author - Auckland

Does your child love to write stories? Do they dream of being an author? Now they can learn how under the guidance of international award winning author Brian Falkner.

September

Dante's Heaven, Poetry Reading and Book Launch

NZ poet and writer Janet Riemenschneider-Kemp (formerly known as Jan Kemp), will read poems from her book Dante's Heaven

Antibiotic Resistance: Siouxsie Wiles in Wellington, chaired by Veronika Meduna

In ten years’ time, will antibiotics still work? Have we let bacteria get the upper hand in the evolutionary arms race?

Writers on Mondays: Short Sharp Script 1 - Circa Theatre

Part of a series of events highlighting the very latest work of writers from the International Institute of Modern Letters, home of Victoria University’s prestigious Creative Writing programme.

Iain Sharp at Golden Bay Live Poets

Golden Bay Live Poets presents Iain Sharp at the Mussel Inn. Former editor of Landfall literary magazine, Iain Sharp has published five poetry books and appeared in Essential New Zealand Poems and other anthologies.

The linguistic landscape of English-Spanish Dual Language Picturebooks

How do you place text for two languages in a single bilingual children’s picturebook?

Antibiotic Resistance: Siouxsie Wiles in Christchurch

In ten years’ time, will antibiotics still work? Have we let bacteria get the upper hand in the evolutionary arms race?

Writers on Mondays: The Next Page 2

Part of a series of events highlighting the very latest work of writers from the International Institute of Modern Letters, home of Victoria University’s prestigious Creative Writing programme.

Tutae Patu Lagoon Walking Tour

WORD Christchurch, in association with Christchurch Arts Festival, is pleased to announce Shifting Points of View, a series of events designed to provoke and enlighten, and maybe even change your perspective on the world.

Ngā Tāngata Kōrero mō Te Reo: True Stories Told Live

We celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori with a night of storytelling. Renowned New Zealand writers and speakers share their personal journey with te reo Māori.

Writers on Mondays: The Next Page 1

Part of a series of events highlighting the very latest work of writers from the International Institute of Modern Letters, home of Victoria University’s prestigious Creative Writing programme.

Peter Garrett: Big Blue Sky

WORD Christchurch, in association with Christchurch Arts Festival, is pleased to announce Shifting Points of View, a series of events designed to provoke and enlighten, and maybe even change your perspective on the world.

Depends What You Mean By Extremist

WORD Christchurch, in association with Christchurch Arts Festival, is pleased to announce Shifting Points of View, a series of events designed to provoke and enlighten, and maybe even change your perspective on the world.

Manawatu Writers' Festival 

A celebration of writing and writers. This is the first Manawatu Writers' Festival.

'The 9th Floor' at Te Papa

Join Guyon Espiner and Tim Watkin to mark the publication of 'The 9th Floor: Conversations with five New Zealand Prime Ministers'.

Going West Festival

Join some of the country’s best known writers of books, songs, film and theatre at the 22nd Going West Books and Writers Festival this September!

New Zealand Young Writers Festival

Join some the country's most exciting young wordsmiths as they descend on Dunedin for 4 days of free events.

Madwomen in the attic

WORD Christchurch, in association with Christchurch Arts Festival, is pleased to announce Shifting Points of View, a series of events designed to provoke and enlighten, and maybe even change your perspective on the world.

Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race

WORD Christchurch, in association with Christchurch Arts Festival, is pleased to announce Shifting Points of View, a series of events designed to provoke and enlighten, and maybe even change your perspective on the world.

Writers on Mondays: Victor Rodger and Friends

Part of a series of events highlighting the very latest work of writers from the International Institute of Modern Letters, home of Victoria University’s prestigious Creative Writing programme.

Fight Like A Girl: Clementine Ford

WORD Christchurch, in association with Christchurch Arts Festival, is pleased to announce Shifting Points of View, a series of events designed to provoke and enlighten, and maybe even change your perspective on the world.

Things That Matter: Stories of Life and Death

WORD Christchurch, in association with Christchurch Arts Festival, is pleased to announce Shifting Points of View, a series of events designed to provoke and enlighten, and maybe even change your perspective on the world.

Tutae Patu Lagoon Walking Tour

WORD Christchurch, in association with Christchurch Arts Festival, is pleased to announce Shifting Points of View, a series of events designed to provoke and enlighten, and maybe even change your perspective on the world.

Fail Safe/Fail Better

WORD Christchurch, in association with Christchurch Arts Festival, is pleased to announce Shifting Points of View, a series of events designed to provoke and enlighten, and maybe even change your perspective on the world.

Dan Davin Short Story Conference

The conference is an opportunity to celebrate Southland-born author Dan Davin as one of the fathers of the modern New Zealand short story, and the development of the New Zealand short story to today.

August

Writers on Mondays: The Fuse Box

Part of a series of events highlighting the very latest work of writers from the International Institute of Modern Letters, home of Victoria University’s prestigious Creative Writing programme.

The e-Tangata Storytellers

The online Sunday magazine e-Tangata tells Māori and Pasifika stories about people and issues of significance to all New Zealanders.

Author Event

Enjoy afternoon tea and listen to award winning author speak about her latest novel The Nam Legacy.

Spoken Word Open Mic Night

Be transported to a world of Spoken Word art and celebrate National Poetry Day at Puke Ariki Library with an Open Mic Night!

Vincent O'Malley in conversation with Philip Matthews

Vincent O'Malley discusses his monumental new account of the defining conflict in New Zealand history.

Tightrope by Selina Tusitala Marsh

On National Poetry Day 2017, please join us in celebrating the launch of Selina Tusitala Marsh's new poetry collection, Tightrope.

National Poetry Day 2017

A celebration of National Poetry Day 2017 at East Coast Bays Library

Writers on Mondays: Best New Zealand Poems 2016

Part of a series of events highlighting the very latest work of writers from the International Institute of Modern Letters, home of Victoria University’s prestigious Creative Writing programme.

He Whakaputanga and Te Tiriti o Waitangi – and their Signatories

Talking with Mihingarangi Forbes, Dr Aroha Harris, Dame Claudia Orange and Morgan Godfery discuss the significance of these two New Zealand documents – and the people who signed them.

Author Event

A chance to meet the author of New Zealand story, The Nam Legacy.

Books, Magic and Literary Stars

Romance Writers of NZ Conference 2017

We welcome anyone to register - you don’t have to be an RWNZ member. Whether you’re a fledgling writer or a publishing megastar, we guarantee you’ll come away with fresh ideas, hot tips, new friends, and fizzing with motivation!

Siouxsie Wiles in conversation with Damian Christie

Antibiotics are a cornerstone of modern medicine.

Max Harris in Nelson, chaired by Stella Chrysostomou

Max Harris in Nelson, chaired by Stella Chrysostomou

Taranaki Arts Festival: Words in the Libri Lounge

This literary programme features an inspiring line-up of leading storytellers from around New Zealand. Enjoy the ambience of the Libri Lounge, located in New Plymouth’s TSB Showplace, as they discuss their work and give exclusive insights into what drives them.

Catherine Lea Author Talk

Auckland author Catherine Lea will be giving a talk at East Coast Bays Library as part of our regular monthly Tea & Topics session.

Writers on Mondays: Hopeful Animals

Part of a series of events highlighting the very latest work of writers from the International Institute of Modern Letters, home of Victoria University’s prestigious Creative Writing programme.

New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults: Storytime + Press Conference

Wellington Central Library is hosting a fantabulous story time series featuring finalists from the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

The Politics of Womanhood

Journalist Leonie Hayden chairs a lively discussion about women’s lives today… and in the past.

Max Harris in Carterton, chaired by Charlotte Macdonald

Max Harris’s The New Zealand Project puts forward a vision for deepening our political discussion, starting conversations, and confronting the challenges ahead.

Ink Spots and Twisty Plots Family Day

Celebrating the wonder of children’s books. A great day out for writers, for readers, for sketchers, for dreamers.

CAGING SKIES by Desiree Gezentsvey - World Premiere - Circa Theatre

Written by award-winning NZ playwright Desiree Gezentsvey, based on the award-nominated novel by NZ author Christine Leunens, Caging Skies is a hauntingly powerful play following Johannes, a zealous member of the Vienna Hitler Youth, as he discovers a fateful secret – his family is hiding a young Jewish woman, Elsa, in their home. Her life in his hands, Johannes and Elsa embark on a gripping journey of obsession and love that blurs the lines between the captive and the free, the victorious and the defeated, as the horrors of the war unfold around them and each must find a way to survive.

Max Harris in Hawke's Bay

Max Harris’s The New Zealand Project puts forward a vision for deepening our political discussion, starting conversations, and confronting the challenges ahead.

American Connections

Please join us for a special evening reading, welcoming distinguished US poet and essayist Marianne Boruch to Auckland.

Max Harris in conversation with Mark Peters

Max Harris’s The New Zealand Project puts forward a vision for deepening our political discussion, starting conversations, and confronting the challenges ahead.

Book launch: A Killer Harvest by Paul Cleave

Scorpio Books and Upstart Press warmly invite you to the launch of Paul Cleave’s new crime novel, A Killer Harvest.

Max Harris in conversation with Kingi Snelgar, chaired by Carol Hirschfeld

Max Harris’s The New Zealand Project puts forward a vision for deepening our political discussion, starting conversations, and confronting the challenges ahead.

Writers on Mondays: Poetry Quartet - Louise Wallace, Hannah Mettner, Maria McMillan & Airini Beautrais

Part of a series of events highlighting the very latest work of writers from the International Institute of Modern Letters, home of Victoria University’s prestigious Creative Writing programme.

Max Harris in conversation with Emmy Rākete and Anthony Byrt

Max Harris’s The New Zealand Project puts forward a vision for deepening our political discussion, starting conversations, and confronting the challenges ahead.

Tuai: A Traveller in Two Worlds

Join authors Alison Jones and Kuni Kaa Jenkins in conversation with Hirini Kaa as they explore the action-packed life of Tuai.

DCM Bookfair 2017

The Bookfair is the largest of its kind in Wellington, and as DCM's major fundraiser of the year essential to the on-going success of the work that we do to end homelessness in Wellington.

A Doll's House

​Compelling, contemporary and critically-acclaimed

Bill English Opens the Books

A Katherine Mansfield House and Garden fundraising event.

Hamilton Book Month

Hamilton Book Month is held each year in August.

July

Writers on Mondays: The Little Death of Self - Marianne Boruch

Part of a series of events highlighting the very latest work of writers from the International Institute of Modern Letters, home of Victoria University’s prestigious Creative Writing programme.

Book launch: Colonial Gothic to Māori Renaissance: Essays in Memory of Jonathan Mane-Wheoki

Marlborough Book Festival

The Marlborough Book Festival is a weekend of wonderful authors, curious audiences and beautiful Marlborough locations.

Curiously Good Book Club Event: Reading-aloud!

Come to Porirua Library and learn how to be a a good reader-alouder! Demonstration and tips, with publisher Julia Marshall and friends.

Short Sharp Shock - Get a Kick Out of Flash Fiction

With flash fiction writers Eileen Merriman, Rachel J. Fenton and Trisha Hanifin and host Graeme Lay.

Writers on Mondays: Stella! Charlotte Wood in conversation with Emily Perkins

Part of a series of events highlighting the very latest work of writers from the International Institute of Modern Letters, home of Victoria University’s prestigious Creative Writing programme.

Writers on Mondays: The Wish Child - Catherine Chidgey

Part of a series of events highlighting the very latest work of writers from the International Institute of Modern Letters, home of Victoria University’s prestigious Creative Writing programme.

Golden Bay Live Poets

Golden Bay Live Poets presents Open Mic Poetry at the Mussel Inn with special guests Sacha Horton, Lisa Williams and Alice Williams.

Double book launch - 'Iceland' by Dominic Hoey and 'Alzheimer's and a spoon' by Liz Breslin

What’s better than a book launch? A double book launch. A double book launch with beer. A double book launch in Wanaka with beer brewed in Wanaka. Words by Liz Breslin and Dominic ‘Tourettes’ Hoey. Books - a novel and some poems. Beer.

KIDSFEST: ZANY ZINES WORKSHOP

WORD Christchurch is hosting four great events during Kidsfest but the workshops are filling up fast! Kids can write their own fairytales, learn how to make their own zine, or come and hear all about bugs.

The Great Piratical Rumbustification

by MARGARET MAHY, adapted for the stage by TIM BRAY, songs by CHRISTINE WHITE

KIDSFEST: THE GENIUS OF BUGS

WORD Christchurch is hosting four great events during Kidsfest but the workshops are filling up fast! Kids can write their own fairytales, learn how to make their own zine, or come and hear all about bugs.

Writers on Mondays Special Event: Tell Me My Name

Part of a series of events highlighting the very latest work of writers from the International Institute of Modern Letters, home of Victoria University’s prestigious Creative Writing programme.

KIDSFEST: ONCE UPON A TIME 2

WORD Christchurch is hosting four great events during Kidsfest but the workshops are filling up fast! Kids can write their own fairytales, learn how to make their own zine, or come and hear all about bugs.

Beyond the Page

Welcome to the first ever Beyond the Page literary festival taking place 8-23 July 2017 at Libraries across Wellington and the Hutt Valley region.

June

Launch of The Ones Who Keep Quiet by David Howard

The Launch of The Ones Who Keep Quiet, a new poetry collection by David Howard, published by Otago University Press

Book Launch for The Nam Legacy

Join author Carole Brungar as she introduces us to her latest award winning book, The Nam Legacy.

She's back....the sequel to Kate and Caboodle is here

Jerri J. Pirc, author, and Jane C. Smith, illustrator, have again collaborated for a sequel. Kate and Caboodle In a splendidly blended tale is now available.

She's back....the sequel to Kate and Caboodle is here

Jerri J. Pirc, author, and Jane C. Smith, illustrator, have again collaborated for a sequel. Kate and Caboodle In a splendidly blended tale is now available.

'Libraries, Literacy & You' seminar day

Join us for a learning filled day of six sessions with engaging and expert speakers to support you, and your library or classroom.

Lōemis Winter Solstice Festival

For 7 days this winter, Lōemis observes the longest nights of the year with a hearty mix of feasts, theatre, astronomy, music, monstrous creatures at large, and a fiery waterfront procession.

Miniwings Book Launch

Book Launch for the first two Miniwings books by Sally Sutton

"The Big Show": Messines 1917

The week of the centenary of the Battle of Messines, Award winning Birkdale author Matt Elliott will present an assortment of eye-witness accounts, poems, paintings and photographs of the 1917 attack on Messines ridge.

The Worlds of Nalini Singh

Join Nelson Libraries to hear international writing sensation Nalini Singh.

Author Talk: Steve Braunias

Te Atatu Library is hosting local journalist and author Steve Braunias, to talk about his latest book “The Man Who Ate Lincoln Road”.

Breaking Ground

Two public and free Rehearsed Readings and one Artist Panel om Wellington, showcasing the work of creative natives from Australia, Hawai’i, New Zealand and the Pacific – all are welcome to attend and enjoy these free public events.

Murder in the Library - Tauranga

The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with the New Zealand Book Council and Tauranga City Libraries, invites booklovers to an event featuring three talented crime writers.

Jeremy Scott Author Talk

Meet author Jeremy Scott and hear his inspirational talk about his epic 52,000 kms bicycle ride from London to Auckland to raise money for the Heart Foundation, all because of a hole in his heart.

Founders Annual Book Fair

The Founders Annual Book Fair is a fundraiser for the park which runs for nine days each year starting on Queen's Birthday Weekend.

New Zealand Books Pukapuka Aotearoa Winter 2017 issue available

Issue 118 (Winter 2017) of New Zealand Books Pukapuka Aotearoa will be available from Friday 2 June.

LexiCon 2017 - The 38th NZ National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention

A full weekend of panels, presentations, workshops, cosplay, gaming, and hanging out in the bar.

Murder in the Library - Nelson

The ​Ngaio Marsh Awards​, in association with the New Zealand Book Council and Nelson Libraries, invites Top of the South booklovers to a thrilling event featuring three talented New Zealand crime writers.

Murder in the Library - Queenstown

The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with the New Zealand Book Council and Queenstown Lakes District Libraries, invites booklovers to an event featuring two talented local writers.

May

Book Launch: 'Marlborough Man' by Alan Carter

Come meet award winning writer Alan Carter at Volume Books in Nelson.

Murder in the Library - Christchurch

​The Ngaio Marsh Awards​, in association with the New Zealand Book Council and Christchurch City Libraries, invite booklovers to an event featuring four talented Canterbury authors.

Pieces of You - Book Launch

Auckland book launch and celebration of 'Pieces of You', the debut novel by Eileen Merriman.

Murder in the Library - Kapiti Coast

The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with the New Zealand Book Council and Hutt City Libraries, invites booklovers to an event featuring four talented local writers.

Three Days in the Country

Three Days in the Country is set on a beautiful Russian country estate where the arrival of a handsome new tutor brings reckless, romantic desire to an eccentric household.

Based on Ivan Turgenev’s passionate, moving comedy, A Month in the Country which has been a source of inspiration for TV, films, a ballet, and the plays of Chekhov. Patrick Marbers interpretation is a witty and elegant update on this Russian classic.

Over three adventure-filled summer days, this new arrival bestows lessons in love for young and old alike: first love and forbidden love, ridiculous love, maternal love, platonic love, the love left unsaid… and the love which must win out!

Murder in the Library - Lower Hutt #2

The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with the New Zealand Book Council and Hutt City Libraries, invites booklovers to an event featuring four talented local writers.

Zeustian Logic Launch at Space Place

"Zeustian Logic", by Sabrina Malcolm, will be launched at Space Place, with a lights show of the constellations featured in the book, an educational tour, and miscellaneous spacey activities...

Murder in the Library - Waitakere

The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with the New Zealand Book Council and Auckland Libraries, invite Auckland booklovers to an event featuring three talented local crime writers.

Bruce Finds A Home Kickstarter Launch

Dunedin’s most famous cat is about to become even more so with his very own illustrated children's book - and you're invited to his Kickstarter launch!

Murder in the Library - Ōtāhuhu

The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with the New Zealand Book Council and Auckland Libraries, invite South Auckland booklovers to a free event featuring a diverse panel of four talented local crime writers.

Book Night - Nelson event

Join us on Tuesday 23 May at 6pm at the Elma Turner Library in Nelson for another 'read-in' as part of this year's Book Discussion Scheme's Book Night.

Book Night

Book Night is a fun nationwide reading event for people of all ages, run by Book Discussion Scheme.

SPORT 45 - reading & launch

The editors warmly invite you a celebration of and readings from SPORT 45 at Vic Books Kelburn.

Chris Kraus: Multiple Perspectives

Author and artist Chris Kraus returns to Wellington for a one-off, intimate conversation about her life and work.

Blue Dragon book fair

A book fair will be held in the Ngaio Town Hall from 9am to 4pm on Saturday 20 May as a fundraiser for the Blue Dragon Children's Foundation in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Michael King Memorial Lecture: A new politics for New Zealand

In this year’s Michael King Memorial Lecture, Max Harris calls for a strategic intervention – inspired by the tenets of care, community and creativity in an Aotearoa New Zealand context, and driven by the imagination and impatience of the young to create a better country.

Anne Enright: Beyond the Green Road

WORD CHCH are delighted to close their Autumn Season with one of the most electrifying novelists writing in English today.

Book launch: Five Strings by Apirana Taylor

Anahera Press warmly invites you to join us in celebrating the launch of Apirana Taylor’s new novel, Five Strings. All welcome.

The Emma Press - Leanne Radojkovich Book Launch

As part of the Auckland Writers' Festival, the Emma Press warmly invites readers to the launch of First Fox, a short story collection by Auckland writer Leanne Radojkovich. All welcome.

James Gleick: Time Travel

When Stephen Hawking once famously held a cocktail party for time travellers and nobody showed up, he said it proved time travel was not possible. But is it?

An Evening With Ivan Coyote

The hit of the 2016 WORD Christchurch Festival is back!

Auckland Writers Festival

Every year AWF stages over 140 public events, gathering together 160 of the world’s best writers and thinkers with over 24,000 festival goers and up to 6,000 young people to celebrate the world of books and ideas.

Book Launch: Heloise by Mandy Hager

You are warmly invited to celebrate the publication of Mandy Hager's new historical novel for adults Heloise at Unity Books Wellington.

Stella Duffy: In Dame Ngaio’s Footsteps

Stella Duffy has the great distinction of being asked to complete Dame Ngaio Marsh's unfinished novel Money in the Morgue.

A. N. Wilson: Bringing History to Life

A. N. Wilson is one of the most respected historians and biographers of our time

Ian Rankin: Writing Rebus

30 years since he brought the detective to life, Ian Rankin is back with another Rebus mystery, Rather Be the Devil, a tale of twisted power, deep-rooted corruption and bitter rivalries.

Ivan Coyote

In Wellington for one-night only, Ivan gives a live performance followed by a discussion of their life and work.

Selina Tusitala Marsh - Tala Tusi: The Teller is the Tale

The Samoan word ‘Tusitala’ means ‘storyteller’ – but what about its inverse, ‘tala tusi’, where the ‘teller is the tale?’

Featherston Booktown festival

Booktowns are an international phenomenon, celebrating books, from their stories through to their paper, glue and ink.

Glenn Colquhoun: Creative Writing Workshop

Creative writing workshop with one of our finest poets. (A Dunedin Writers & Reads Festival event)

Pirate Sessions #1: Songwriters

Curated by Pirate & Queen, a musical event celebrating Dunedin's most intriguingly successful songwriters.

Word Balm

Panel discussion on the topic of what literature can do for medicine. (A Dunedin Writers & Reads Festival event.)

Book launch | Manifesto Aotearoa: 101 Political Poems

Join Otago University Press to celebrate the launch of Manifesto Aotearoa at the Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival

Chain Reaction: book launch

A group book launch to celebrate a goodly crop of new publications. (A Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival event.)

The Hope Fault: mapping families and faultlines through fiction

Tracy Farr and Simon Nathan discuss the ideas, inspiration, maps and geology behind Tracy's new novel, The Hope Fault.

Poets on Place

How is poetry informed by a sense of place? (Dunedin Writers & Reads Festival event)

Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival

The Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival has literary riches lined up for you this May.

Murder He Wrote

Former NZ Police Detective Simon Wyatt talks about his debut crime novel The Student Body at Waitakere Central Library.

ComicFest 2017

Love comics? Come along to ComicFest 2017, Saturday May the 6th at the Wellington Central library.

Sequoia Schmidt: Journey of Heart

Join author, entrepreneur and adventurer Sequoia Schmidt for a special Q&A and a reading from her autobiography Journey of Heart: A sojourn to K2.

Murder in the Library - Lower Hutt

The Ngaio Marsh Awards, in association with the New Zealand Book Council and Hutt City Libraries, invites booklovers to an event featuring three talented local crime writers.

April

Author talk: murder he wrote

Former Detective Simon Wyatt talks about his debut crime novel, The Student Body, at Birkenhead Library

In Conversation: Frankie McMillan & Kevin Ireland

As part of Anzac commemorations, Frankie McMillan and Kevin Ireland are in conversation to read and discuss poetry relating to war.

Book Launch: Tawhirimatea: A Song for Matarki

Book launch for Tawhirimatea: A Song for Matarki by June Pitman-Hayes and Kat Merewether hosted by Dorothy Butler Children's Bookshop and Scholastic New Zealand.

Book Launch: Black Faggot and other plays by Victor Rodger

Celebrate the launch of Black Faggot and other plays by Victor Rodger at Te Hau Kainga, 274 Taranaki St, Wellington

Rule of Law – Winton Higgins in Conversation with Sir Anand Satyanand

Author Winton Higgins will be in conversation at Unity Books about his new novel, Rule of Law, with Sir Anand Satyanand

Wellington launch of 'Night Burns with a White Fire - The Essential Lauris Edmond

Tinui - The Last Post

BMS Books Ltd invites you to the launch of Tinui - The Last Post by Michelle O’Connell at the Masterton Public Library

The Politics of Loss: Andrew Dean in conversation with Tom Rennie

Andrew Dean talks with BWB Texts publisher Tom Rennie about what nostalgia is doing to our contemporary politics at Scorpio Books, Christchurch.

The Politics of Loss: Andrew Dean in conversation with Tom Rennie (Wellington)

Andrew Dean talks with BWB Texts publisher Tom Rennie about what nostalgia is doing to our contemporary politics at Vic Books, Kelburn.

Book launch: three new books by three celebrated VUP writers

Victoria University Press warmly invite you to a reading from three new books by three celebrated VUP writers

La Basse-Ville 1917: New Zealand Voices from Flanders Fields with Dominique Cooreman

​Retired Belgian judge Dominique Cooreman unearthed an almost forgotten battle in a 12-year quest to bring understanding and closure to the families of the more than 1000 Kiwi men killed in a small hamlet called La Basse-Ville in 1917.

A visit with Emily Writes

Emily Writes, wildly popular & wildly funny blogger, Spinoff Parents editor, and first-time author, visits Wellington Central Library for a hotly-anticipated event!

Book Launch: Max Harris's 'The New Zealand Project'

Max Harris in conversation with Māmari Stephens, followed by nibbles and drink to celebrate.

Jane Austen Symposium: The Good, The Bad and The Undressed

Guest speakers include New Zealand award winning author Sarah Laing and fashion historian The Dreamstress, Leimomi Oakes.

Creative Writing Workshop - Writing Extreme Weather - FREE

Join Katherine Dewar, author of the acclaimed debut novel 'Ruby and the Blue Sky', in a writing workshop to explore climate change through the lens of extreme weather events. FREE event as part of the °TEMP festival of climate science and art.

Nick Bollinger and Adam Dudding in Conversation - Tauranga

Join two top Kiwi authors in Tauranga as they plug their acclaimed memoirs Goneville and My Father's Island on a whirlwind bookshop tour.

Book launch: The Chiming Blue: New and Selected Poems

You are warmly invited to the launch of The Chiming Blue: New and Selected Poems by Marilyn Duckworth​​

Nick Bollinger and Adam Dudding in Conversation - Rotorua

Join two top Kiwi authors in Rotorua as they plug their acclaimed memoirs Goneville and My Father's Island on a whirlwind bookshop tour.

Nick Bollinger and Adam Dudding in Conversation - Napier

Join two top Kiwi authors in Napier as they plug their acclaimed memoirs Goneville and My Father's Island on a whirlwind bookshop tour.

Nick Bollinger and Adam Dudding in Conversation - Havelock North

Join two top Kiwi authors in Havelock North as they plug their acclaimed memoirs Goneville and My Father's Island on a whirlwind bookshop tour.

Festival of Colour

The Southern Lakes Festival of Colour is an exciting biennial celebration of the arts.

Nick Bollinger and Adam Dudding in Conversation - Wellington

Join two top Kiwi authors in Wellington as they plug their acclaimed memoirs Goneville and My Father's Island on a whirlwind bookshop tour.

Nick Bollinger and Adam Dudding in Conversation - Masterton

Join two top Kiwi authors in Masterton as they plug their acclaimed memoirs Goneville and My Father's Island on a whirlwind bookshop tour.

Wai Word: Lloyd Jones In Conversation With Paul Melser

Wai Word hosts writers on the first Sunday of the month, 3-5pm.

Book launch: Night Burns with a White Fire: The Essential Lauris Edmond

Steele Roberts Aotearoa Publishers warmly invite you to celebrate the Auckland launch of Night Burns with a White Fire: The Essential Lauris Edmond, edited by Frances Edmund & Sue Fitchett

Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal Presentation and National Awards Day

The Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture Award was first presented in 1991 to Margaret Mahy in recognition of her contribution to the world of literature for children and young adults.

Writing for Children: The Way Forward

The seminar is aimed at writers or writer/illustrators who are writing for 0 to 16-year-olds.

March

Book launch: The Plot to Kill Peter Fraser

The public is invited to a catered book launch at Unity Books, 57 Willis Street, Wellington

Book launch: Disobedient Teaching by Welby Ings

​​​Otago University Press Otago University Press warmly invites you to celebrate the publication of Disobedient Teaching by Welby Ings.

Book launch: Brushstrokes of Memory

This is a novel of love, lost memories & rediscovering dreams.

The Hope Fault - A Wellington bookwarming

Join us for a Wellington bookwarming to celebrate publication of THE HOPE FAULT, a novel of families and faultlines, by Tracy Farr.

12 Angry Women – a writing workshop

Playwright Sara Clifford is visiting New Zealand in March 2017, with a British Council grant, while she is here she will offer a writing workshop on Sunday 26 March for Twelve Angry NZ Women Writers.

The Wife Who Spoke Japanese In Her Sleep: Part of the 2017 Play Readings

Honey Tarbox, an ordinary Kiwi housewife with ordinary quarter-acre dreams, inexplicably begins speaking Japanese in her sleep. Translated, her sleep-speaking is revealed to be prophetic, and immediately the wheels are set in motion for Honey’s fantastic transformation from suburban housewife into media megastar. The Wife Who Spoke Japanese In Her Sleep is an exploration of metamorphosis with a comedic twist.

Bridget Williams Books Celebration of two new Books from Jonathan Boston

Launching at Parliament, hosted by the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies (Victoria University of Wellington) with Bridget Williams Books.

Bird + Young

See two of the most talked-about writers in the country: Hera Lindsay Bird and Ashleigh Young in Christchurch.

Book Launch: Homological Composition

Book launch: Homological Composition by Nonen Titi

WOMAD World of Words: Elizabeth Knox

The world of words is a site-wide programme created to provoke thought and encourage people to learn, listen, and participate.

Speak: Part of the 2017 Circa Play Readings

Mark Lawson has been given an ultimatum. Get the interview to end all interviews or it’s see ya later career and the lifestyle that goes with it. If he wasn’t already partially bald, he’d be tearing his hair out. Mark realises there’s only one logical thing left to do: kidnap Caryl Churchill.

WOMAD World of Words: Paula Morris

The world of words is a site-wide programme created to provoke thought and encourage people to learn, listen, and participate.

WOMAD World of Words: Poetry Slam

The world of words is a site-wide programme created to provoke thought and encourage people to learn, listen, and participate.

WOMAD World of Words: Charlotte Grimshaw

The world of words is a site-wide programme created to provoke thought and encourage people to learn, listen, and participate.

Book launch: As Much Gold as an Ass Could Carry by Vivienne Plumb

Join Unity Books & split/fountain for the launch of As Much Gold as an Ass Could Carry By Vivienne Plumb with illustrations by Glenn Otto

Writes for Women - Rēwena by Whiti Hereaka

A short series of play readings from leading New Zealand women playwrights. Guided by well-known women theatre directors and performed by a cast of professional actors, the chosen plays are Fix by Jess Sayer, Esther by Angie Farrow and Rēwena by Whiti Hereaka.

Fully Clothed and So Forgetful by Hannah Mettner

Victoria University Press warmly invites you to the launch of Fully Clothed and So Forgetful by Hannah Mettner

Hopes Dashed? The Economics of Gender Inequality

Book launch: Hopes Dashed? The Economics of Gender Inequality

Book launch: Rants in the Dark by Emily Writes

​The Christchurch launch of Rants in the Dark

Writes for Women - Fix by Jess Sayer

A short series of play readings from leading New Zealand women playwrights. Guided by well-known women theatre directors and performed by a cast of professional actors, the chosen plays are Fix by Jess Sayer, Esther by Angie Farrow and Rēwena by Whiti Hereaka.

Writes for Women - Esther by Angie Farrow

A short series of play readings from leading New Zealand women playwrights. Guided by well-known women theatre directors and performed by a cast of professional actors, the chosen plays are Fix by Jess Sayer, Esther by Angie Farrow and Rēwena by Whiti Hereaka.

Book Launch - The Earth Cries Out

​Bonnie Etherington, born in Nelson, brought up in West Papua and now living in Chicago, is an exciting new writer.

An Evening with Graeme Macrae Burnet

Hear the award-winning Scottish crime writer discuss his Man Booker-shortlisted novel, 'His Bloody Project'.

Pasifika Tiny tots

PASIFIKA MULTIMEDIA PERFORMANCE

Summer Shakespeare Launch

Escaped Alone

A brilliant, joyous return from the enigmatic Caryl Churchill.

Workshop: The Creative Tarot

Star Sailors by James McNaughton

You are warmly invited to the launch of Star Sailors by James McNaughton

Blood Ties by Jeffrey Paparoa Holman

Jessa Crispin: Why I Am Not A Feminist

Jessa Crispin is not a feminist. And in this New Zealand exclusive, she explains why.

Ockham New Zealand Book Awards shortlist announced

Forty books have been selected for the 2017 longlist, in the categories of fiction, illustrated non-fiction, general non-fiction and poetry. Who will make the shortlist?

Rants in the Dark by Emily Writers

Popular blogger Emily Writes gives words of encouragement to sleep-deprived parents everywhere.

Fourth World: Part of the 2017 Circa Play Readings

An odd trio dining at a holiday house are surprised by the arrival of three upper-class guests. A hostage situation and row ensues. As the cast re-attempt the same scenario with different endings, their political differences are argued and they all try to find a suitable ending for the play. ‘Who’s been staying in my holiday bach while I’m not there?’

All About Women Satellite Event

Sydney Opera House, WORD Christchurch and Christchurch Art Gallery present ALL ABOUT WOMEN, live-streamed to Christchurch!

WTF! Panel: The Life Of Nora: 1879 vs 2017

1879, Norway – 2017, Aotearoa. In both times and places Nora Helmer is a woman, a wife, and the mother of young children. What’s different? What isn’t? In this session, actors Sophie Hambleton and Kali Kopae will read a scene from Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and from Emily Perkins’ adaptation, which will be staged at Circa in August this year. Director Katherine McRae will join Kali, Sophie and Emily for a discussion with the audience about how women’s lives have changed since the character of Nora was first conceived.

Genesis Falls: Part of the 2017 Circa Play Readings

Four troubled people trapped in an isolated high country hovel navigate mysteries, dark memories and bad weather together. Finalist for the 2012-2013 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

So, you want to be a writer?

Children and families are invited to join an inspiring panel of authors and illustrators to launch the book I am a writer by Z R Southcombe.

Drag Queen Story Time

Bring your family and come along and listen to some stories from 2 of Wellington's favourite Drag Queens, Stephii Onassis and Laquisha St Redfern.

WTF! Panel: The Magdalena Effect

Madeline McNamara and Lisa Maule are founding members of Magdalena Aotearoa, a New Zealand outpost of the Magdalena Project, an international network of women in contemporary theatre. Madeline and Lisa present a series of images, both moving and still, to tell a story of their and other New Zealand women theatre practitioners long association with the Magdalena Project.

WTF! Panel: A Question of Design

Three brilliant designers, theatre makers and educators, Rose Kirkup, Emma Ransley and Meg Rollandi dissect the state of play with Jo Randerson. Where are we now? What could the future look like?